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Insect artists


From: Sara (sarawren_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Feb 02 2005 - 23:48:37 PST

Insect Artist

Numerous artists and designers throughout history have drawn inspiration for
their creations directly from the unparalleled diversity and beauty present
in nature. E.A. Seguy was one such designer who was prolific from the turn
of the century through the 1930's. He produced eleven albums of
illustrations and patterns of which Papillons and Insectes were dedicated to
insect subjects. E.A. Seguy was a masterful decorative artist who spanned
the art eras of Art Nouveau through Art Deco. His graphic technique was
achieved through hand coloring prints through numerous plate stencils.
Dover Publications produces a book entitled Seguy's Decorative Butterflies
and Insects in Full Color, reproducing Papillons and Insectes albums in
their entirely. The publisher makes several interesting comments about
Seguy. "His aim was to make available dozens of examples of extremely
colorful exotic animals that had been unjustly neglected by occidental
decorative artists because of their rarity in life and in illustration. It
is interesting to note that Seguy, while confident that butterflies would be
readily accepted, made the special plea for the other insects that were
constructed like wonderful machines and were thus entitled to the same
consideration as an airplane fuselage, an ocean liner or locomotive; nature
was a successful industrial designer!" Seguy's work inspires artists and
designers in such diverse applications as textiles, end papers, wallpaper,
stained glass, and packaging.

The inside front and back covers are filled with the contemporary pattern
designs of William Rowe. Dover Publications produced two books of his
designs entitled "Nature Fantasy Design: 45 original plates by William Rowe"
and "Exotic Alphabets and Ornaments by William Rowe" (ISBN: 0-486-23446-0 &
0-486-22989-0). His subject matter focuses on natural forms with most of his
elements being plants, shells, birds, fish, and insects. After looking at
his plates, I believe each one to be a result of his own visual links
discovered during his observations of nature. Many of the supporting border
graphics are related to the main insect subject. For example, the Pierid
Poster shows the mottled underwing patternation of a Phoebus butterfly
reminding Rowe of the fan venation of a marine mollusk. Another example an
be found in the Wasp Poster which shows the parallel between the wing shape
and patternation of the wasps and the pore-swollen sori clusters found on
the underside of ferns. The more you look at his border elements, the more
like of pattern and form can be seen.

Consuelo Gamboa
GAMBOA grew up in the states of Durango and Chihuahua, Mexico, where her
talents became evident when she was very young. Her earliest childhood
memories are of painting, "My mother says I was born with a paintbrush in my
hand," GAMBOA fondly recalls. Her grandmother, Mexican artist Consuelo
Ferrera Gamboa, was her namesake and mentor. After completing her formal
education in Mexico, GAMBOA moved to Canterbury, England. In Canterbury she
studied watercolor and portrait techniques that have become part of her
trademark. Two years later GAMBOA moved to Paris where she attended the
Ecole du Lourve for three years studying Art History. GAMBOA settled in the
United States in 1978, making Southern California her home. In l981 she
married and now has two daughters who follow her talents in art and music.
It was also in 1981 that GAMBOA began publishing her art. In 1987 she formed
GAMBOA Publishing and her visibility escalated. GAMBOA'S formal training and
natural skills communicate her ability to understand the true feeling of any
subject she paints. With this natural ability GAMBOA'S art has been accepted
throughout the world.
B. Flahey, Scientific Illustrator

E.H. Zeck paintings
Order Coleoptera - beetles